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Steward Sokia Eyes Bee Farming

A village church steward will not only be looking after the villagers but bees as well. Thirty-three-year-old Maciu Sokia wants to start bee farming after graduating with 31 others from
15 Nov 2014 07:18
Steward Sokia Eyes Bee Farming
Maciu Sokia with his certificate in Basics of Beekeeping Programme at Natalecake Village, in Ba. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

A village church steward will not only be looking after the villagers but bees as well.

Thirty-three-year-old Maciu Sokia wants to start bee farming after graduating with 31 others from a Basics of Beekeeping training yesterday.

The two-day course at Natalecake Village, in Ba has greatly influenced the participants

“This training taught us many things about beekeeping and this has opened my eyes to many other opportunities of earning money,” Mr Sokia said.

He said bee farming was by far one of the easiest things to farm he had come across.

“What I learned in the workshop is how easy bee farming is compared to the other commercial farming.

“There is not much money used for maintenance and all we have to do is just make sure that they are well kept,” Mr Sokia said.

“For us here in the village raising church funds usually takes the whole year.

“But now with this programme being introduced we should be able to start our own business,” Mr Sokia said.

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Natural Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki officially closed the training and urged the participants to make good use of Government assistance.

“I urge all of you to make use of what you learned from this workshop,” he said.

“Don’t only keep to bee farming; you can also do other commercial farming like cattle farming or vegetable farming, things to financially assist you,” he said.

varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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